Suicide prevention trial to focus on men, older Tasmanians
Men aged 40-64 and men and women over the age of 65 in five communities will be the focus of the Tasmanian component of an Australian Government-funded suicide prevention trial.
The five communities are Break O’Day, Launceston, Central Coast, Burnie and Devonport.
The Australian Government has provided $3 million for the Tasmanian part of the trial, which is an exciting opportunity to test a structured and collaborative approach to helping local communities reduce self-harm and suicide. The trial runs to June 2019.
Primary Health Tasmania is coordinating implementation of the trial in this state, working closely with the Department of Health and Human Services, the Tasmanian Health Service, the Black Dog Institute, organisations focused on suicide prevention and mental health, and local communities.
Tasmania will use the Black Dog Institute’s LifeSpan suicide prevention model, which combines nine evidence-based strategies into one community-led approach.
Preventing suicide is a complex and difficult task, and our best chance of success is through aligning our efforts under an agreed approach.
Now that Tasmania’s focus population groups and locations have been identified, the next steps are to work with the local communities and the trial advisory group to look at what suicide prevention activity is already on the ground, where it fits within the LifeSpan framework, and what needs to be developed to fill the gaps.
The results from each of the 12 trial sites around the country will be assessed independently and shared nationally to help inform more effective suicide prevention activities across Australia.